#8: (1994) Ewing’s Game 7 Dunk

Given MJ’s shocking retirement, the Knicks sought an opportunity to win the Eastern Conference and return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1973. The Knicks would not disappoint in the regular season finishing with a 57-25 record and earning the #2 seed in the playoffs. After cruising past the Nets in the first round, the stage was set for a crucial series against the defending champion Chicago Bulls. The series went seven games, but the Knicks prevailed and took the series to head to the Eastern Conference Finals against the young and talented Indiana Pacers. After the first four games, the series was tied at 2 setting the stage for a historical game 5. In this game, a new rivalry exploded: Reggie Miller vs. Spike Lee. Miller killed the Knicks scoring 25 points in the 4th quarter, 39 points overall. Throughout the fourth quarter, Miller and Spike Lee went back and forth with trash-talking causing the entire Garden to develop a deep hatred for this sharp shooter. The Pacers went on to win Game 5, but the Knicks countered with a win in Indianapolis to force a game 7 back at the Garden. In one of the greatest Knicks games of all-time, Patrick Ewing became a legend. Down by one with under 30 seconds to go in the game, Ewing threw down a dunk that sent the Knicks into the Finals. One of the greatest moments of this game is when Ewing took time after the game to acknowledge the fans. After giving fans high-fives when the game was sealed, he hugged some crazy dude with a yellow jacket. This shows how he knew that all Knicks fans were in this miraculous run together. Here is a video of the last two minutes of Game 7. (The play that ends with Ewing’s dunk is at 3:04)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xei7sJimqzI

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